This small write up was shared by me in one of the groups. Putting it up on request from well wishers here as well.
Today is “Guru Purnima”, It is a spiritual tradition in the Indian culture dedicated to Gurus and masters. It is celebrated as a festival in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Traditionally the festival is celebrated by Buddhists in honour of the Lord Buddha who gave His first sermon on this day at Sarnath.
As a takeaway for today’s special day, I’m listing the 14 Gurus of Avadhuta as mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam. This knowledge was given to King Yayati’s son Yadu by Avadhot baba.
So Yadu asked this question, “who should I go to” “who can teach me the secrets of life”? And to this, Avadhot baba says, this entire world is our Guru, but he has 14 unique Gurus.
1.Earth is my first Guru, it holds everyone and gives equal support to all – So what I learnt from mother Earth is “accept everyone as they are”.
2.Vayu (air) is my second Guru, and a seeker should remain “unaffected by good or bad just like air “
3.Space is my third Guru. The life force in us is formless, changeless and remains unaffected by any change. My learning from space is “remain steadfast in pursuit of your goals”.
4.My forth Guru is a pigeon – once I saw some baby pigeons caught in a hunters net, the mother who went to save them also got caught – from the pigeons I learnt that attachment invites annihilation
5.My fifth Guru is a moth – many burn themselves into ashes in pursuit of sense pleasures – but the intelligent ones jump into the fire of knowledge, by doing so they destroy all types of ignorance and evolve from finite to an infinite beings.
6.The honey gatherer is my sixth Guru – the honey bee spends time collecting honey , but the fruits are enjoyed by the honey gatherer. So do not spend time in gathering objects, spend time in understanding how we operate and with daily introspection
7.My seventh Guru is an elephant – elephant hunters set up fake female elephants to lure the elephant. A seeker of higher goals should stay away from the surge of temptations in the path.
8.My eighth Guru is an arrow smith (one making arrows) – by focusing your mind on the highest goal, one should steer his way through all obstacles of life, with ease
9.My ninth Guru are children who do not care about, honour, humiliation, mine, yours or someone else’s.
10.The honey bee is my tenth Guru – just as a honey bee collects honey without damaging the flower, similarly a seeker should collect wisdom and knowledge from a good company(satsangha) , sprit of enquiry, self-effort and contentment and not spoil relationships (burn bridges)
11.Falcon is my eleventh Guru – just as several hunting birds attack a single piece of flesh simultaneously and fight amongst themselves. In the same way, a race for material pleasures invites conflict
12.Snake is my twelfth Guru. A snake never builds a home, similarly, a successful seeker should not settle down and keep moving unless the goal is achieved
13.Caterpillar is my thirteenth Guru . A caterpillar continuously keeps observing the wasp, this constant focus on the wasp, makes it turn into a wasp too. The subtle connection between the master and the disciple is one of my greatest Guru
14.My last Guru is water, it quenches everyone’s thirst and keeps everything alive on this planet and is always at the lowest location. The wise one always takes the inconsequential seat
Happy Guru Purnima to all